EcoSangha News – Jan 2, 2016
Over the past few years White River Buddhist Temple has worked to help our environment. Mostly we use compostable, recyclable cups and dishes. The temple purchased large yard waste and recycle bins to send our waste for the most environmentally friendly use . To help with confusion of what to put in which container we placed signs provided by Auburn Waste Management. Many members are helping us reduce unnecessary waste.
In 2014, Dr. Craig Cogger spoke about climate change in our Community Speaker Series. In 2015 Dr. Danny Najera spoke about the importance of bees and how they are endangered. We hope to have more speakers. Do you have an idea?
There is an EcoSangha bulletin board outside the Dharma School Room. New ideas of how to be environmentally responsible are posted about every three months. You can help with ideas like Jackie Klakken and Chiho Prewitt did. You might even volunteer to do a display.
In 2016 we hope to become a National Wildlife Habitat as well. Requirements include providing food, water, and shelter for birds. Native plants to provide food and shelter have already been included around the grounds. We now have a beautiful new water display funded by the Dorothy Yaguchi Memorial Fund. I have already seen birds drinking the water. The garden remains free of pesticides and all soil additions are free of harmful chemicals. Dharma School will be making bird houses in the spring and a bird feeder will be added also. At this point we will request the National Wildlife Federation to become a National Wildlife Habitat.
There are many ways you can help our temple support the EcoSangha mission. After lunches, you could help separate “trash” into the appropriate bin. You could come up with an idea for the bulletin board or even make one yourself. You might offer to fund or help install the bird feeder. You could help Dharma School build bird houses. Do you know anyone who might come speak to us? Maybe you have another idea.
Please contact Mary Cogger if you would like to help in any way.